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Old 27th November 2023, 05.46:39   #1-0 (permalink)
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As a former GK I’m always interested in defense.

29 goals in 19 league games puts Wrexham around mid table — but in a year so far with an unusual amount of goals conceded in the league the overall stats aren’t great.

However a little deeper look and things start to look more impressive.

23 goals in the first 10 games.
6 goals in the next 9 games.

We allowed 18 goals in 4 games — the three horrid performances against Dons, Stockport and Swindon Town and then the 3 goals conceded against Crewe while mostly down to 10 men.

But in the other 15 games, a total of only 11 goals conceded, which would be a pace to top the league.

Overall Wrexham’s defense is trending up.

Now excuse me while I leave my computer to go knock on some wood.

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As a former GK I’m always interested in defense.

29 goals in 19 league games puts Wrexham around mid table — but in a year so far with an unusual amount of goals conceded in the league the overall stats aren’t great.

However a little deeper look and things start to look more impressive.

23 goals in the first 10 games.
6 goals in the next 9 games.

We allowed 18 goals in 4 games — the three horrid performances against Dons, Stockport and Swindon Town and then the 3 goals conceded against Crewe while mostly down to 10 men.

But in the other 15 games, a total of only 11 goals conceded, which would be a pace to top the league.

Overall Wrexham’s defense is trending up.

Now excuse me while I leave my computer to go knock on some wood.
To translate and summarise, our defence is improving, touch wood.
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I think a few factors in play. We have seemingly sorted out the goalkeeper situation. We have worked out we can’t play Boyle and Tozer together and Evans has made the midfield more solid. Overall it’s a significant improvement and hope it continues.
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Was the same story the last couple of years - first few games not being sure of our starting XI, then eventually settling down and seeing the results pick up.
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I think a few factors in play. We have seemingly sorted out the goalkeeper situation. We have worked out we can’t play Boyle and Tozer together and Evans has made the midfield more solid. Overall it’s a significant improvement and hope it continues.
I wouldn't necessarily agree, Tozer in tandem with Boyle have won this league, they both lack pace but have other attributes. Early doors we got caught out defensively, but gave the ball away time and again, often in dangerous positions, allowing pacy forwards to get a run on our centre backs.

It took a month or so for almost every player to get up to the level they are now at, whether that was down to pre-season, bedding new players in, missing what SPM brings to our game, or players just not switched on to the speed of the opponents but thankfully, it didn't take too long to get going. We are alot tighter now and it should be easier and smoother to integrate changes when required, that said ToC has excelled since dropping into lcb this season and is a far better ball player than Boyle, and the combination of Tozer, ToC and Evans look at ease playing out from the back, allowing the wing backs to push right up.
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As a former GK I’m always interested in defense.

29 goals in 19 league games puts Wrexham around mid table — but in a year so far with an unusual amount of goals conceded in the league the overall stats aren’t great.

However a little deeper look and things start to look more impressive.

23 goals in the first 10 games.
6 goals in the next 9 games.

We allowed 18 goals in 4 games — the three horrid performances against Dons, Stockport and Swindon Town and then the 3 goals conceded against Crewe while mostly down to 10 men.

But in the other 15 games, a total of only 11 goals conceded, which would be a pace to top the league.

Overall Wrexham’s defense is trending up.

Now excuse me while I leave my computer to go knock on some wood.
The signing of Evans made a difference (he is an incredibly defensive midfield player ) , the signing of Arthur, Tozer’s return to form, and also midfield players being sharper and not getting caught in possession- Lee in particular.
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TOC on the left has made a huge difference. great on the ball and not a step down from Boyle in terms of his strength and ability in the air. I'm really impressed
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I wouldn't necessarily agree, Tozer in tandem with Boyle have won this league, they both lack pace but have other attributes. Early doors we got caught out defensively, but gave the ball away time and again, often in dangerous positions, allowing pacy forwards to get a run on our centre backs.

It took a month or so for almost every player to get up to the level they are now at, whether that was down to pre-season, bedding new players in, missing what SPM brings to our game, or players just not switched on to the speed of the opponents but thankfully, it didn't take too long to get going. We are alot tighter now and it should be easier and smoother to integrate changes when required, that said ToC has excelled since dropping into lcb this season and is a far better ball player than Boyle, and the combination of Tozer, ToC and Evans look at ease playing out from the back, allowing the wing backs to push right up.
I'd agree with most of this Dave .

We were completely undercooked when we started the season .

Foster came in from us 48 hours before the season started .

Players weren't match fit .

We'd had very little time for McClean , Evans, Boyle & Fletcher to bed in with the squad during pre season


Howard came in and steadied the ship to a degree , but Arthur has taken things up to another level .

The balance we have in the back 3 now is VERY good , with TOC being a big part of that , as is Evans when he plays there

We went through a spell with 3 CBs who could all play the ball very well - we stopped just pumping it down field - that made a huge difference . Tozer having players he trusts to get on with the game either side of him makes a huge difference to his game too

Basing our MF on Lee, JJ Evans & Cannon also made a big difference , still plenty of energy , but more controlled passing .

Mullin getting back to fitness also makes a huge difference to our defensive stats - he presses from the front and occupies defenders - they have to focus more on him than joining in with their attack .

Finally , having 2 proper wingbacks fit ( be it McClean , Mendy , Barnett or Forde ) makes a huge difference to our ability to control the game and hence ease the pressure on the defence .


It's a combination of things .... 6 clean sheets in 12 for Arthur speaks voumnes though
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